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One hundred years ago the battlefields of the Western Front fell silent, upon the signing of an historic armistice that brought an end to more than four years of warfare. 


On Sunday 11 November 2018, join us for a special program of musical recitals at Parliament House, Melbourne, honouring the centenary of the 1918 armistice and paying tribute to the service and sacrifice made for our nation.

Three performances will be presented, each offering a unique opportunity for contemplation and reflection in the place where our nation's parliament met during those crucial years spanning the First World War.


Entry is free and doors open one hour before each performance.

Seating is strictly limited to the first 180 visitors.

Upon entry, prior to the commencement of each performance, visitors will be invited to explore Parliament House's legislative chambers and the Parliamentary Library, where the story of Spring Street during the war years will be told in a series of displays.

2 pm

2pm performance

Matthias Schack-Arnott  & Harry Ward

Melbourne-based percussive artist Matthias Schack-Arnott works in contemporary classical and experimental music as a performer, composer and improvisor. His work has been described as ‘visually and sonically exquisite’ and explores unique and ambitious approaches to percussive performance, often involving the development of new instrumental set-ups built in collaboration with architects, engineers and technicians.


Violinist Harry Ward currently studies at the Australian National Academy of Music and has performed extensively throughout Australia and internationally. His talents have been recognised with numerous awards and prizes, including the Australian National Youth Concerto Competition and as a finalist in the ABC Young Performers Awards. Harry also performs with other musicians outside of the classical realm and believes these experiences have nourished his playing in all genres.


Schack-Arnott and Ward will each perform a selection of works, including I Ching - The Gentle, The Penetrating by Per Nørgård and Cadenza for Solo Violin by Krzysztof Penderecki.

Doors open at 1 pm for a 2 pm performance.


Entry is free and seating is strictly limited
to the first 180 visitors.

4 pm

4pm performance

Geoffrey Morris

The Australian guitarist Geoffrey Morris performs both traditional and contemporary music with a repertoire that extends from the 16th century to the present day. He performs this repertoire on both modern and ancient instruments.


Geoffrey has performed the premiere of over 200 new works and accompanied many of Australia's finest singers. For the past seven years, together with his wife, lutenist Samantha Cohen, he has presented an annual season of concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre under the ensemble name Continuo Collective.


Geoffrey has also given solo performances in Italy, Germany, Denmark, England, Ireland, USA, Norway, New Zealand, Japan and Holland as well as throughout Australia. His talents have been recognised with a Queen's Trust Achiever Award, Winston Churchill Fellowship and the 2004 Music Council of Australia Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music.

Doors open at 3pm for a 4pm performance.


Entry is free and seating is strictly limited
to the first 180 visitors.

6 pm

6pm peformnce

Quartz Quartet

Quartz’s unique programs shine a light on the string quartet repertoire by highlighting well-known pieces of beauty and energy.


Uniting the talents of its four highly-acclaimed members Kathryn Taylor, Philippa West, Merewyn Bramble and Zoe Wallace, Quartz has become a well-known Melbourne ensemble renowned for their vibrant and innovative programs. Their pairing of classic string quartet repertoire with lesser known contemporary pieces continues to add to their unique voice within the local and national scene, contributing to their success on stage and in the recording studio.

Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm performance.


Entry is free and seating is strictly limited
to the first 180 visitors.



Visiting Parliament House

Entry is via the front door on Spring Street.

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Accessible entry is available via the rear of Parliament House, on Macarthur Street. Vehicle entry for drop-off is available but parking for the duration of the event is not.

Security screening is in operation, please factor additional time for queuing into your arrival time.

For enquiries, email

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